PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, January 13, 2022, condoled with the family members of the late Head of the Interim National Government, Ernest Shonekan, at their Ikoyi home.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, released a statement titled, ‘President Buhari condoles with the Shonekans in Lagos’ which read:
“The President and his team were received by the widow of the deceased, Mrs. Margaret Shonekan, and family members.
“President Buhari was accompanied to the Shonekans’ home by Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun; Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; and Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, who is also Chairman, Caretaker and Convention Planning Committee, All Progressives Congress.”
According to the statement, Buhari expressed his sincere condolences:
“I received with profound sadness the news of the death of a great statesman and former Head of the Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan.
“His love and commitment to the peace and unity of the country are things to emulate. May his soul rest in peace”.
Governor Dapo Abiodun expressed Buhari's determination to visit the family, despite a long day's visit to commission different projects in Ogun state since 7am.
“He was in Ogun State, where he inaugurated five legacy projects. But due to the regard and respect he had for Chief Shonekan, he is here now. May Papa’s soul rest in peace,” Governor Abiodun said.
Governor Sanwo-Olu was also present to pay his respects.
“He was a highly respected man, true nationalist, father, grandfather, and great grandfather to so many.
“We will miss him, but be comforted that he lived a good life. God will stand by the family. All will be well with you and with Nigeria,” Mr. Sanwo-Olu said.
The president and the three governors were reported to have signed a condolence register at Shonekan’s residence.